Why Legalizing Pot is a Leadership Lesson for the Ages

Why Legalizing Pot is a Leadership Lesson for the Ages

Justin Trudeau Marijuana

Canada will soon be blazing, legally.

If you’re tuning in from somewhere other than my home and native land, we just had an election of epic proportions. The pro-pot candidate won. And as a Canadian, I look forward to when our new Prime Minister legalizes and regulates us some Mary Jane.

But I’m not looking forward to it because I’m jonesin’ to get my hands on some good kush without fearing that the Five Oh will come and bust me.

I’m looking forward to it because this move represents progress with a capital P, right from Canada’s capital O.

So what the hell does legalizing pot have to do with leadership?

Dude. Everything.

It all boils down to trust. Trusting that your people are big boys and girls. Trusting that your people know how to think and act for themselves. Trusting that your people know how to be, *gasp* adults!

So how does this translate to biz-speak?

Leaders need to show their people more trust.

What does this trust look like?

  • Unlimited vacation: Trusting that your employees will get their work done, done on time, and done well
  • Unlimited sick days: Trusting that your employees will only take time to get well so they can be their best at work
  • Flexibility to work remotely: Trusting that your employees will do their work and not watch Game of Thrones all day

What this trust doesn’t look like?

  • Micromanagement: You might as well scream into a megaphone you don’t trust your team
  • Time cards/sheets/slates: Punching in and out is so prehistoric [like Fred-Flinstone-sliding-down-the-tail-of-a-brontosaurus-and-punching-out prehistoric] and shows a big lack of trust
  • Blocking websites or monitoring internet usage: If one employee wants to look at porn during work hours, you’ve got bigger problems on your hands than 200 employees using a few minutes to check their Facebook newsfeeds
Trust matters.
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Trusted people get more stuff done. Trusted people do better work because they feel empowered to do what they show up every day for: to do a good job. No one wakes up in the morning thinking “I want to do the worst possible job I can”. Employees don’t deliberately try to do bad work.
There are big costs associated with a lack of trust: Losing top talent, disengagement, disenchantment, lost productivity, apathy. The list goes on.
Leaders really need to do a better job of demonstrating that they are confident in their hiring decisions and know that the people they’ve employed are there to get the job done.
If the Prime Minister can legalize pot, then certainly managers can “legalize” policies that show their employees they are trusted and valued.
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